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Atoms in Molecules: A Quantum Theory
     

Atoms in Molecules: A Quantum Theory

by Richard F. W. Bader
 

The molecular structure hypothesis—the proposition that a molecule is a collection of atoms linked by a network of bonds—provides the principal means of ordering and classifying observations in chemistry. It is not, however, directly related to the physics which govern the motions of atomic nuclei and electrons. This important book develops a theory

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The molecular structure hypothesis—the proposition that a molecule is a collection of atoms linked by a network of bonds—provides the principal means of ordering and classifying observations in chemistry. It is not, however, directly related to the physics which govern the motions of atomic nuclei and electrons. This important book develops a theory establishing that molecular structure—with properties predicted and defined by the laws of quantum mechanics—can be explained in terms of underlying physics. As a result, the classification based upon the concept of atoms in molecules is freed from its empirical constraints and the full predictive power of quantum mechanics can be incorporated into the resulting theory—a theory of atoms in molecules. Eminently accessible and readable, this unique book will interest all physical scientists who use the concepts of atoms, bonds, and structure in the interpretation of their work.

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Presents an account of the theory that molecules are made up of atoms held together by bonds, addressed to scientists in a wide range of fields who perform experiments and collect observations on matter at the atomic level. It's true that this very theory has formed the basis of these very scientists' work for a century now, but it has never been quantified sufficiently to provide a mathematical assurance that those atoms are really there. A mathematical demonstration of the theory would free it from its empirical restraints and release the full predictive power of quantum mechanics. Each chapter increases in difficulty, so that readers can drop out when they reach their limit, go on to the next chapter, and end up with a full view of the argument. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198551683
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/07/1991
Series:
International Series of Monographs on Chemistry Series , #22
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)

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McMaster University

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